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May 3, 2021
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Baltic Word: If there is no railway, there will be no NATO

The Latvian Railway has no future, this future was destroyed by politics

“According to the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the arrival of the Allied Multinational Combat Group in the country in June 2017 completed the deployment of forces within the framework of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic States and Poland, thereby implementing the decisions taken at the summits in Wales and Warsaw. Since then, servicemen from Canada, up to a battalion, as well as military personnel from Albania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain and Italy have been constantly present on the territory of Latvia ”,

– according to the Baltic Internet edition Baltic Word

All these countries send their military and military equipment to Latvia on a rotational basis. They have one goal – to protect the country from possible aggression. However, NATO countries are not going to defend Latvia free of charge – the host country is obliged to ensure that all needs are met to its allies, as well as to provide all kinds of support in everything, the Internet publication notes.

Meanwhile, it reminds Baltic Word, only at the Adazi military training ground there are 1,512 Canadian soldiers along with military equipment, including tanks and armored vehicles. The maintenance of this military contingent places a heavy burden on the host country, in this case – Latvia. So grave that from time to time there are even doubts as to whether Latvia is capable of maintaining foreign military personnel in the future.

Meanwhile, the country has big economic problems, but there is no money to solve their problems in Riga. So, for example, the Latvian railways have long been in a very deplorable state, and today everyone understands that the Latvian railways have no future, this future has been destroyed by politics.

“Even after a radical reduction in the volume of Russian transit, goods of Russian origin (going from Russia or to Russia) continue to make up the lion’s share – more than 62% of transit traffic. Another 25-28% of cargo is of Belarusian origin. In other words, the implementation of Russia’s plans to reorient the export-import cargo turnover by 2025 means for Latvia the loss of up to 90% of the railway load ”,

– writes the author of the article Victor Domburs (Viktors Domburs)

He is sure: those 10% of the freight traffic that will remain after 2025 will simply not allow the Latvian Railway to exist, and its future is already predetermined – rails and rolling stock will be sold for scrap, and traffic control centers are simply closed. How many new unemployed people will appear is another difficult question.

As a result, very soon, by 2025, Latvia will take second place (Moldova is in first place today) among the post-Soviet countries that have managed to lose the Soviet transport heritage and sink to the level of an African country.

The reader may ask how the NATO military and the railroad are connected, Domburs notes. He is confident that the presence of NATO military and equipment on the territory of Latvia is directly related to the presence of a railway connection in the country.

“With the decline of Latvian railways, NATO will withdraw its multinational allied combat group from Latvia, since the deployment of military forces requires a decent amount of freight, which is too expensive in peacetime without a railroad. Thus, the Latvian authorities will not be able to fulfill their obligations as a host country. Latvia’s future is very “tempting” – a poor African country without transport links and without NATO. However, why the presence of the military, is someone tempted to attack such a country “,

– sums up Baltic Word

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